Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image Tavin Stucki uses his democratic voting power to cast his ballot for the first time in this year’s Tooele City election.

November 19, 2015
So I nervously followed the signs that showed me where to vote

I’m embarrassed to admit it as a 26-year-old, but this month’s election was the first I’ve ever participated in.

Sure, I’ve got my excuses. I wasn’t old enough to register one year, then I left on a two-year church mission, then I moved, then this, then that. But the real reason I’d never fulfilled that civic responsibility came down to laziness.

Well, two parts laziness and one part pride.

In a way, I’m surprised I’ve never taken much of an interest in politics because they are remarkably similar to sports in a variety of ways — there’s a winner and loser, plebeian morale is affected by an opponent’s action, and some issues are more heated than the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan.

Honestly, I can see myself getting into politics when I decide to grow up and stop playing at being a sports editor.

Growing up — or maybe I should say “when I was younger” — my parents rightly esteemed themselves of above-average intelligence and, as is human nature, always complained when voters would stupidly throw away a vote when they didn’t know who or what they were voting for.

So when I came of age to cast a ballot, I didn’t want to vote for something I didn’t know anything about — hence, one part pride. But I also didn’t care enough to find out about the issues or candidates on hand — hence the first part of laziness. But long before Election Day this year, I overcame the second part of laziness when I registered to vote.

Honestly, it wasn’t that difficult with a little prodding from my politically-minded new bride and her mother. I don’t actually remember what I was legally required to do — was it connected to renewing my drivers license or something?

At any rate, I felt a sense of accomplishment growing inside me that culminated on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

True to my parents’ unconscious teachings, I rooted through our newspaper archives — and picked the brains of the reporters who wrote them — to find information on the propositions and candidates in consideration for the part of the county I live in.

Armed with newfound knowledge and an opinion on the decisions to be made, I nervously followed the signs in the Tooele County Building that directed me to where I lost my voting virginity.

Embarrassing as it was that I’d never voted in my eight years of eligibility, I think it’s even more embarrassing how easy it was once I made the decision to cast my ballot.

Just don’t tell my mother-in-law it took me so long.

Stucki is a sports editor and writer who has historically enjoyed ignoring politics. Send any future political advice to

Tavin Stucki

Community News Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tavin Stucki is sports editor for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. Stucki graduated with a journalism degree from Utah State University in 2014, where he worked at The Utah Statesman as staff writer, sports editor, news editor and editor-in-chief, respectively, for four years. Stucki served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland from 2008-10.

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